Car accidents can be complicated because they catch you off guard and uproot your life. Drunk driving accidents are some of the worse accidents because of their extreme damages. You need your car to get around, and a severe crash can have your vehicle in the shop for weeks.
Not only that, you could have severe injuries that take time to heal. Drunk driving accidents are always avoidable, and they are the fault of the drunk driver. Drinking and driving are one of the most dangerous and irresponsible things that you can do behind the wheel of a car. If you are in one of these accidents, you need help.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are car accident lawyers in Rome, Georgia. Our offices have successfully handled DUI accident cases for decades. We know how frustrating being the victim of an accident can be, and we’re here to get you compensation.
Even though there are programs and campaigns to stop drinking and driving, it is still a severe problem. Courts have no sympathy for drunk drivers, so you could be entitled to more compensation than you think. If you or someone you know suffers injury in a drunk driving accident, we’re here for you. Contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation.
What is drunk driving?
Drunk driving occurs whenever you drive impaired behind the wheel of their vehicle. According to Georgia law, a driver is DUI if they are operating with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of more than 0.08. Every person metabolizes alcohol differently, but there is an average amount of alcohol that is safe to drink per hour.
Your body can fully metabolize one drink an hour: a beer, glass of wine, or a shot. You should be able to drink this amount and operate a vehicle safely. It’s when you drink more than this that you can get into trouble.
Most drunk drivers don’t monitor how many drinks they’re having, the types of drinks, or the amount of time it takes them to drink. Yes, you can have a drink an hour, but having two drinks sets you back for two hours. Some people think that they can drink water or coffee to sober up, but this isn’t the case. The only thing that can sober you up is time.
Does a driver have to have a BAC of 0.08 to be DUI?
No. An officer can charge you with a DUI even if you aren’t over the legal limit. An officer has to make sure that roads are safe.
If you are driving erratically with alcohol in your system, you could get a DUI. If a driver is underage with alcohol in their system, they will immediately get a DUI. Since it is illegal for anyone young to consume alcohol, there is a zero-tolerance policy with drinking and driving.
What are the steps I should take after being involved in a drunk driving accident?
Once you have been in a drunk driving accident, you should make sure that everyone in your vehicle is OK. Then you should check on the status of the other parties. In Georgia, you can record your interaction with another person on video.
If you feel like the driver of the other car is impaired, we recommend filming your conversation. They could say something or show signs of impairment that we could use as evidence in your case. After you speak to everyone, move your cars to safety if possible. If the road is busy, another car could come along and hit you, causing another accident.
Call the police and an ambulance, if necessary. It would help if you made sure that the police document your accident and file a report. We will use this report to receive compensation from the responsible party’s insurance company.
In a DUI accident, you can also expect the driver to go to jail. A police report will give you the driver’s information, and you will also get insurance information at the scene. It is the responsibility of your attorney to handle this communication for you.
After the police have handled your accident, you should seek medical attention. Sometimes, we have injuries that can only be diagnosed by a medical professional. You don’t want to go home and have your injuries worsen. Make sure that you get yourself checked out because your health is essential.
The drunk driver left the scene of the accident. What do I do?
Drunk driving is illegal, so a driver might want to avoid legal consequences. If you are in an accident, you need to stay at the scene. Leaving the scene of crime counts as a hit and run. Unfortunately, drunk driving and hit and runs tend to go hand in hand. If you are the victim of a hit and run, call the police immediately.
Try to remember any information about the driver or vehicle. If there are witnesses, get their news and statements. The police can investigate your accident and will try to locate the driver that hit you. We can also research your accident, pull footage, and try to find out the identity of the other driver. Contact us today to go over your case.
Does a DUI accident only apply to alcohol?
No. Anytime you use a substance that impairs your judgment, you are driving under the influence. Some common causes of DUI are marijuana, alcohol, prescription pills, and other illegal drugs. It’s easy to determine if a driver is drunk through a breathalyzer. However, a toxicology report might be required to determine if other substances were in a driver’s system.
If you’ve been a victim of a DUI accident, we can help!
Being involved in a drunk driving accident can be overwhelming, but an experienced Atlanta Drunk Driving attorney can give you peace of mind. It would help if you didn’t have to suffer because of the negligence of another party. If you have injuries from a drunk driving accident, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today. Let us get you the compensation that you deserve.